Hey Lovelies,

Now that we are looking at getting shit moving I’ve started to track my cycle again. Not doing OPK or temping yet, easing back in gently, but I am using Fertility Friend and inputing my period and anytime I think I might be ovulating. I’ve only had 4 cycles since having the Bean Sprout, we still breastfeed 4x a day right now, and so I’m not too sure how accurate tracking will be at this point but I’ve noticed a disturbing trend… My cycles are shorter.

Before having the babe I was not super regular. Ranging anywhere from 29-40 days between cycles. But now, since getting my cycle back, they have been pretty bang on… 3 of the last 4 cycles were 25 days. Like, exactly 25 days.

Ummmmmm, thats too short!

Like, freaking me out short. My diagnosis is early stage DOR (Diminished Ovarian Reserve) and I know that one of the signs that you are shifting from DOR to POF (Premature Ovarian Failure/ Early menopause) is shortening cycles, and then missing cycles all together. Fuck.

I’m totally jumping the gun here, since literally none of my tests are done and back and discussed, but it is possible that my situation is even more dire now. Not that that’s shocking. When I first got my diagnosis I was 28. I’m now 31. A notable difference even in the fertile world. But I just really didn’t want to dive back into this any worse off! I mean it already took 3 years to conceive the first time and we only managed it with IVF! Can you blame a girl for wanting some good news?

Ok, granted, I don’t know that this is bad news. But a 25 day cycle isn’t optimal… Even if it’s not dire. It’s not a lot of time to properly mature that egg and then let it get nice and fertilized and implanted before your period arrives. So of course I’m wracking my brain for things that are different that might have caused the shift. I’ve come up with a few ideas:

-Different body chemistry from prolonged breastfeeding: Honestly some women don’t even get their cycle back when breastfeeding as much as we do… So, this might really be it. Maybe they are even anovulatory cycles because of it. Maybe.

-Improper nutrition and exercise: Really stretching here but I am not in anywhere near as good a shape as I was pre-baby. So maybe my eggs are a little shriveled? Last time i took high doses B-6, CoQ10, and royal jelly which really helped my eggs… might start that now to see if it helps.

-IVF depleted my already low reserves to levels that actually matter as far as the distinction between DOR and POF is concerned: This is my biggest fear. I mean… they don’t really know know how IVF impacts the body. They certainly can’t tell you how it will impact your own unique body. Which was a risk we weighed out last time and decided to go forward anyways… but is it possible? That taking the 9 eggs out all at once, making my body release those 9 instead of the 4 follicles I normally see on a scan, depleted my reserves more dramatically than it would have someone without DOR? I really hope not. I don’t want to go through menopause anytime soon! And i would hate to think of it as a consequence of IVF.

Honestly, even if my DOR has progressed to POF there isn’t ever going to be a reason given. It will just be the way things happen sometimes. I don’t know why I spend time obsessing over it like I have been. I certainly can’t change it if that’s what’s happening. So while I wait for my appointment in February I’m going to be positive and focus on things I can control. My eating patterns, vitamin intake, and meditation and acupuncture should help.

At least until the next AF hits at 25 days. Then maybe some hard wine.

XOXXO,

The Chicken

 

 

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14 thoughts on “Shortened Cycles

  • January 19, 2017 at 7:16 am
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    Sorry you’ve been stressed. I think confronting infertility again after having a child involves reliving the experience of first getting the diagnosis. Obviously this isn’t true intellectually, but I think it is in an emotional level. You might know with you brain things are the same or worse but there’s still that tendency to wonder/believe that pregnancy fixed it. (And for some pregnancy does seem to make it easier to conceive, so there might be something in that.) I know I had a brief period of time after giving birth where I didn’t think much about my fertility: it was like a holiday and so much lightness of spirit. I really didn’t want to leave that happy place. But I did because I have “places to go before I sleep” and that meant confronting infertility again. But part of me still wonders, if I didn’t want a second child, could I stay in that happy place of feeling cured? Anyway, I ramble. Solidarity to another wonky cycler and I wish you the best.

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    • January 25, 2017 at 11:02 am
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      Turtle,
      I agree for sure. I guess we will find out after we have the next babies. If we have any luck at all that is lol. Solidarity.
      XOXXO, The Chicken

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  • January 19, 2017 at 9:35 pm
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    I have DOR and have always had very short cycles (20-21 days) with a short LP (9-10 days). B-6 helped lengthen my LP to 12 days when I was TTC. This was along with a TCM diet and acupuncture, along with a whole bunch of other vitamins. But B-6 really does wonders for lengthening the LP and therefor your cycle. Might help to start there.

    Good luck.

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    • January 25, 2017 at 11:07 am
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      Noemi,
      YES! B-6 helped me a lot last time too. I’m hoping adding it back in will help lengthen things.
      XOXXO, The Chicken

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  • January 20, 2017 at 3:42 am
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    It is all speculations, isn’t it? I know that our mind can’t help and wonder and worry, but it is also helpful to acknowledge that that’s what it is. Shorter cycles could also be good, or no change in case you need to go down the IVF route again.

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    • January 25, 2017 at 11:08 am
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      Nora,
      It is. And you’re right, being as we have frozen embryos means that it wont necessarily matter anyways.
      XOXXO, The Chicken

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  • January 20, 2017 at 3:47 am
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    Hi chicken! Google says that IVF does not cause premature menopause. Do not worry about it. Your cycles might be short because everything is different in your body (pregnancy, breastfeeding, nutrition). I wish you the best of luck to keep the anxieties in the bay and just take it one step at the time. 😉

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    • January 25, 2017 at 11:10 am
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      Jana,
      LOL good old Dr. Google. You should know by now that it isn’t always right. But it’s true, there are lots of other reasons.
      XOXXO, The Chicken

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  • January 20, 2017 at 4:54 am
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    Could it be from low progesterone? Or maybe your thyroid levels aren’t optimal, I’ve read that could cause shorter cycles.

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    • January 25, 2017 at 11:11 am
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      Dubliner,
      Could be either. I guess the bloodwork would reveal both of those. Just need to wait and see.
      XOXXO, The Chicken

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  • January 20, 2017 at 10:52 pm
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    It’s not scientific but several women that I know have shorter cycles after pregnancy, myself included, even after “normal” conception and infertility conception. Hard not to get caught up in the what ifs. Hang in there.

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    • January 25, 2017 at 11:15 am
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      Becca,
      Thanks. Yeah, I’m hoping it’s normal.
      XOXXO, The Chicken

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  • January 23, 2017 at 1:28 pm
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    Another possibility: you are ovulating earlier in the cycle (shorter follicular phase rather than a shorter luteal phase). I totally feel you wondering what’s up and coming up with any possible solution. Until you start charting more details and get blood work back, etc. you definitely won’t know anything for sure. It would drive me nuts too. Hang in there!!

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    • January 25, 2017 at 11:18 am
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      Shannon,
      Based on CM and other signs I suspect not, but you’re right without further tracking it’s anyone’s guess. Thanks.
      XOXXO, The Chicken

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